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About the Melbourne Prize Trust
Launched in 2004, the Melbourne Prize Trust was established to recognise and reward excellence and talent, inspire creative development and enrich public life. The Trust achieves this aim by running the annual Melbourne Prize, which is funded by a collaboration of partnerships and patrons. The Trust is an Income Tax Exempt Charity with Deductible Gift Recipient status.

The origins of the Trust date back to the establishment of the children’s garden precinct at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and the commissioning of The Magic Pudding sculpture in 2000. Proceeds from the sale of limited edition miniatures of this landmark sculpture contribute to the Trust. Please contact the Melbourne Prize Trust regarding the miniatures.

The annual Melbourne Prize has become one of the most valuable creative development initiatives of its kind in Australia. It runs on a three-year-cycle and rewards sculptors, writers and musicians in turn. The current cycle is:

/Melbourne Prize for Urban Sculpture (2008)
/Melbourne Prize for Literature (2009)
/Melbourne Prize for Music (2010)
The Prize is unique, celebrating artistic excellence under the banner of Melbourne. With its focus on Victorian artists, the Prize provides our local creative talent with significant financial, professional development and exhibition opportunities.

The major event of the annual Melbourne Prize is the free two-week public exhibition of finalists’ work and the prize announcement held each November at Federation Square. The exhibition increases the public’s exposure and access to the creativity of our community and enhances Melbourne’s reputation as a cultural capital.

The Melbourne Prize for Literature 2009 program is proudly supported by the Victorian Government through its City of Literature initiative.


Melbourne Prize Trust
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Tel. (03) 9696 4410